The last study was on “bitter roots” and some of the causes for people to be angry and have bitter roots in their life. This study covers “better roots” to produce good fruit.
Proverbs 12:3 – A man is not established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous cannot be moved.
Proverbs 12:2 – The wicked covet the catch of evil men, but the root of the righteous yields fruit.
Colossians 2:6 – As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, (Verse 7) rooted and built up in HIm, and established in the faith, as you have been taught abounding in it with thanksgiving.
Romans 11:16 – For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy, and if the root is holy, so are the branches.
Better roots must be planted.
2 Kings 19:30 – “And the remnant who have escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward.”
If we want to bear fruit, we have to take root. Judah had messed up big time! Have you ever messed up? That’s ok because you can take root again. We all have areas of our lives where we have good fruit and areas where it’s not so good fruit. In those areas where there is no good fruit, take root in something good. Find some help and take hold of what is being taught, let it take root and produce good things.
Seeds have to be planted in order to grow. It’s not good enough to just spread seeds on top of the ground once a week.
Psalm 92:13 – Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. (Verse 14) They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing.
Better roots must be watered.
Jeremiah 17:7 – “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD. (Verse 8) For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.
Hearing, meditation, and studying the Word of God, is watering the roots. In Scripture, the Word of God is water! You can’t just water a plant once a month and expect it to survive. Neither can you read, study, or meditate once a week, and expect to survive in your Christian walk.
However, there is another person that would like to water you with words and that person is Satan: Revelation 12:15 – So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood.
Have you ever had a flood of accusations come against you? I think we all have. When that happens, we need to raise up a standard against it. Our standard is the Word of God!
Better roots must be fertilized.
Luke 13:6 – He also spoke this parable: “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. (Verse 7) “Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?’ (Verse 8) “But he answered and said to him, “Sir, let it alone this year also until I dig around it and fertilized it. (Verse 9) “And if it bears fruit, well. But if not after that you can cut it down.’ “
When we have an area in our life that is not bearing good fruit, fertilize it. Fertilizer is manure. Manure is going through the real tough times and not giving up and pressing into God. Standing on what you know God has said and beliving and trusting Him in these times is fertilizing the root. Fertilize those roots with faith and the word of God in order to start producing good fruit where there was none.
Manure doesn’t smell good at the time, but it makes everything that it’s been spread on turn out pretty. Water with the word of God and fertilize your life with prayer and see what God has in store for you. Stay connected to the root that lives on the inside and watch how much fruit you will bear.